North tipped as job hotspot
The Kimberley and Pilbara could become the next hotspot for new agricultural jobs in Western Australia, a Curtin University study has found.
The Curtin Economics Centre study, titled From iPaddock to Plate: WA’s potential in agriculture and agribusiness, found WA was well placed to capitalise on Asia’s growing demand for high quality and safe food.
It estimated Australian beef exports to China alone could increase from $1 billion to $4.5 billion by 2030.
Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre director Professor Alan Duncan said the State’s South West had been the leading creator of new agricultural jobs since 2012.
He said 2.9 per cent of the South West workforce were employed in agriculture in 2012, a figure that had risen to 11.5 per cent by May this year.
However, recent large-scale investments in Kimberley and Pilbara cattle stations meant in the future the North West could become a new job hotspot.
The report comes as Singaporean businessman Bruce Cheung’s purchase of the Pilbara’s Pardoo Station and increasing investments into beef production by mining magnates Gina Rinehart and Andrew Forrest are among recent high-profile boosts to the North West’s industry.